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Boxer Robbie aims to give fight fans a big hand

‘Caretaker’ plans football fundraiser ahead of his next bout

25 January, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Middleweight Robbie Chapman is in training for his next bout on March 2

A PROFESSIONAL boxer who hit our headlines when he danced into the ring with a broom says that he’s ready to play the role of sweeper again – but this time it’s a whole new ball game.

Middleweight Robbie Chapman, dubbed “The Camden Caretaker” because he juggles training with working full-time as a caretaker at Regent High School in Somers Town, is turning to his other great love to help promote his first six-rounder in the paid ranks.

The keen Arsenal fan has revealed that he’s inviting teams to sign up for an over-16s five-a-side football tournament that he is hosting in February. While he’s looking forward to meeting future fans on the day, he said his main goal is to give those who usually can’t afford to go to a live fight night the chance to see him in action.

Robbie said: “I’ve spoken to a few fans who want to come and support me but they can’t afford the £40 tickets. Unfortunately I’m only just starting out so I can’t afford to just give tickets away, so I came up with the plan of organising a football tournament. I’m going to charge players £5 each to take part, and use the money I hopefully raise to cover the cost of presenting the winners with tickets to my next fight in March at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

“I did something similar last year when I gave away tickets to my professional debut and it went really well, so I thought I would try it again. But I want to make it even bigger and better this time around, so if there’s any individuals who want to come along then they can sign up, too, and I’ll find them a team they can join on the day.”

Robbie, who lives in Chalk Farm, loves nothing more than to entertain his supporters. In his last outing in October the 25-year-old danced into the boxing ring with broom in tow before taking on Callum Ide, sweeping along to the sound of MC Eksman’s song In Love.

The former St Pancras ABC amateur was just as entertaining when he stepped between the ropes as he made it two wins out of two since turning professional by recording an impressive points victory.

Now, along with training for his next bout on March 2 against an as yet unnamed opponent, Robbie is busy planning the football competition. It will be held at the Somers Town Community Sports Centre in Chalton Street on Saturday, February 23. Not only will the winners get tickets to Robbie’s third professional fight but, thanks to his sponsors, various health drinks and clothing – including Camden Caretaker T-shirts – will also be up for grabs.

“I’m a huge football fan, and what better way to bring people together than holding a fun tourna­ment,” added Robbie.

“As I progress in the professional ranks I want to give as much back to the fans who support me as possible. If this tournament goes well, I’ll be able to do that.

“I also want to say a huge thank-you to my sponsors, and the team from the Somers Town Community Sports Centre – without their support I wouldn’t be able to hold the football tournament.”

To find out more about Robbie’s football tourna­ment and to enter teams, or as an individual player, email him at chazachap­man@hotmail.co.uk. Places are limited so anyone interested is advised to get in touch and register their interest soon.

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